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12:10 PM ET, March 30, 2008

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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Cash-strapped Clinton fails to pay bills  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton's cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys, but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small business circles.
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Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Senior Democrats mull Al Gore's nomination  —  Plans for Al Gore to take the Democratic presidential nomination as the saviour of a bitterly divided party are being actively discussed by senior figures and aides to the former vice-president.  —  The bloody civil war between Hillary Clinton …
Washington Post:
Don't Stop Campaigning  —  THE GROWING chorus among some Democrats and other interested observers for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) to get out of the race for the Democratic Party's nomination for president is troubling.  We're not promoting Ms. Clinton over Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) …
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Clinton Shouldn't Feel Forced to Quit Race, Obama Says  —  JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Senator Barack Obama had a few words of advice Saturday for his rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do not drop out on my account.  —  “My attitude is that Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants,” Mr. Obama …
Steve Clemons / The Huffington Post:
The World is Watching and Wants More: Clinton-Obama Race Should Go All the Way  —  Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton struggling against each other for every superdelegate, every pending state primary, every vote is the best thing America has had going for it in some time on the “global public diplomacy” front.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
The Game's Not Over, Clinton Backers Agree
Discussion: Associated Press and TalkLeft
MSNBC:
Al-Sadr offers to end fighting  —  Shiite cleric demands halt to raids against followers, freedom for prisoners  —  DEVELOPING STORY  —  BAGHDAD - Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr offered Sunday to pull his fighters off the streets of Basra and other cities if the government halts raids …
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Alexandra Zavis / Babylon & Beyond:   IRAQ: Not quite the surrender Maliki had in mind
New York Times:
Iraqi Offensive Revives Debate for Campaigns
Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
Obama Overstates Kennedys' Role in Helping His Father  —  Addressing civil rights activists in Selma, Ala., a year ago, Sen. Barack Obama traced his “very existence” to the generosity of the Kennedy family, which he said paid for his Kenyan father to travel to America on a student scholarship and thus meet his Kansan mother.
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
‘With a Few More Brains ...’  —  Ten days ago, I noted …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Dallas Morning News:
‘This is crazy’  —  With tens of thousands of participants, Saturday's conventions were expected to be chaotic - and they were.  —  The District 23 convention, one of the largest in the state, was stalled for hours because the credentials of thousands of delegates were either challenged or could not immediately be verified.
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Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Dith Pran, ‘Killing Fields’ Photographer, Dies at 65  —  Dith Pran, a photojournalist for The New York Times whose gruesome ordeal in the killing fields of Cambodia was re-created in a 1984 movie that gave him an eminence he tenaciously used to press for his people's rights, died in New Brunswick, N.J., on Sunday.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Surrender Already, Dorothy  —  It's all about the magic, really.  —  And whether we can take a flier on this skinny guy with the strange name and braided ancestry to help us get it back.  —  Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister of France and a strong supporter of the United States …
Discussion: marbury, Prairie Weather and The Page
Richard M. Scaife / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Hillary, reassessed  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  Hillary Clinton walked into a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review conference room last Tuesday to meet with some of the newspaper's editors and reporters and declared, “It was so counterintuitive, I just thought it would be fun to do.”  —  The room erupted in laughter.
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TigerHawk:
Teaching about responsible drinking  —  This is something that has needed to be said for some time: … There is much that is romantic in this article about the joys of wine and such, but to me it is a much simpler question.  I drink something with alcohol perhaps 340 nights per year …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and PoliGazette
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The War Criminal President  —  I posted about Philip Gourevitch's and Erroll Morris's superb and disturbing recent piece on Abu Ghraib here.  What it shows once again is how Abu Ghraib was never, ever an exception.  It was permitted, enabled, authorized and pre-meditated by Bush, Cheney …
 
 
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